NORTHERN SPAIN CULTURE & CUISINE
Discover the Spanish Basque country and Catalonia on this culinary adventure where you will experience authentic food, taste the local vermouth and explore the iconic city sites. Your journey starts in Barcelona and continues to the charming city of San Sebastián, where you will experience the local history, gastronomy and culture.
Continue to Bilbao, one of the greatest treasures of the Basque Country and a paradise for foodies. Here you’ll find Michelin-star eateries, buzzing pintxo bars, locally run restaurants lining the Plaza Nueva and glimmering food halls of the Mercado de la Ribera.
Barcelona - San Sebastián - Bilbao - Rioja
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Barcelona: two nights 5-star hotel accommodation
• Vermouth wine tasting
• San Sebastián: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Sightseeing food and walking tour
• Bilbao: three nights 5-star hotel accommodation
• Spanish cuisine cooking class, wine tasting and tapas at Ysios winery
• Seven breakfasts, two lunches, seven dinners
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local English-speaking tour guide
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities
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Day 1, Oct. 17, 2020 | Depart Toronto - Barcelona
Board your overnight flight to Barcelona.
Day 2, Oct. 18, 2020 | Arrival in Barcelona
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your local representative and discover the best of Barcelona on this city tour. Enjoy seeing Barcelona landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia, the medieval Gothic Quarter, and the colorful Las Ramblas comfortably aboard your coach with live commentary from your local representative. Arrive at hotel and check in. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Brasserie Flo with one alcoholic beverage included.
Overnight at Catalonia Plaza Hotel (two nights)
Day 3, Oct. 19, 2020 | Barcelona
A local guide will join the group and lead you on a gourmet adventure through the Boqueria Market, followed by a visit to the renowned Sagrada Familia. Afterwards enjoy a visit to la Pedrera followed by a Vermouth wine tasting in Santi Antoni neighborhood. You will have time at leisure to enjoy dinner in this gastronomy filled area.
Day 4, Oct. 20, 2020 | Barcelona - San Sebastian
You will be picked up at the hotel after breakfast and depart for San Sebastian. On the way you will stop in Zaragoza with time at leisure to visit the town. Your local representative will also provide you with local tips about the best spots to enjoy lunch at leisure before moving onto the final destination for the day.
Overnight at Barcelo Costa Vasca (two nights)
Day 5, Oct. 21, 2020 | San Sebastian
This morning you will be guided through the historic streets of San Sebastian, considered one of the world’s great dining destinations. You will be taken on a culinary discovery after visiting the San Telmo Museo that has a thought-provoking collection that explores Basque history and culture in all its complexity. The rest of the day will be at leisure, so there is an opportunity to choose whether to snack on fresh oysters and txakoli (a lightly sparkling white wine) at a seaside cafe or linger in a decadent, multi-course feast in one of the Michelin-starred dining rooms in the city.
Day 6, Oct. 22, 2020 | San Sebastian - Bilbao
Before leaving San Sebastian for Bilbao, take advantage of the city’s vantage points to gaze over its coastline, including the hilltop heights of Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo. Stroll along Playa de la Concha, a picturesque sandy beach. After arrival in Bilbao you will go on a short walking tour.
Overnight at Sercotel Coliseo Hotel (three nights)
Day 7, Oct. 23, 2020 | Bilbao
Together with your local guide, you will explore the hidden gems of this culturally rich city on a city tour followed by time at leisure for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, with its striking architecture and avant-garde art pieces. In the evening get a taste of authentic Basque cuisine by joining a professional chef to learn how to cook an authentic meal that showcases the best of Basque cuisine.
Day 8, Oct. 24, 2020 | Bilbao
Today enjoy a Rioja Excursion. Discover what makes La Rioja, Spain's premier winemaking region. Visit Ysios vineyard, designed by Frank Gehry, and taste the bold red blends that make the region widely renowned. Visit the old town of Logrono and enjoy a degustation lunch followed by a visit to the Rioja Museum before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Day 9, Oct. 25, 2020 | Depart Bilbao - Toronto
After breakfast, board your transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Single supplement: $1,700. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 12 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host.
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